Video Released of Daring FARC Hostage Rescue

The Colombian Government released video today that was taken during the rescue of the 15 hostages held by FARC this week.

You can see the captives with the hands bound boarding the helicopter for what they thought was a flight to a different FARC camp. Then you see the hostages reaction, including Ingrid Betancourt, on the helicopter after it was announced that they were free:
(3 minutes 33 seconds)

The video was shot by Colombian soldiers posing as a media crew during the rescue operation. The terrorists were tricked into giving up the hostages.

Fausta translated the talking on the tape.


FARC terrorists had been holding US defense contractors Keith Stansell, Mark Gonsalves and Thomas Howes since 2003 in the jungles of Colombia.

Gonsalves, Stansell and Howes were doing drug surveillance for the Department of Defense when they were taken hostage in February 2003. The single-engine plane carrying them and two other men crashed in a remote, mountainous region south of Colombia’s capital, Bogota. Almost four years later they were still being held by FARC… until their Wednesday interview.


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